US Congress Throws Support Behind World Malaria Day

UntitledThe Co-Chairs of the Congressional Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases announced on Tuesday that they were to introduce a  House Resolution highlighting the goals of today’s World Malaria Day. Congressmen Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) shared their support for today for ending malaria.

“Through the comprehensive partnership of many United States program, agencies, and organizations, our nation is playing a key role in bringing health and stability to other nations through the eradication of malaria. Witness the results we’ve helped achieve between 2000 and 2010: a 26 percent decrease in malaria mortality rates around the world; a 33 percent reduction in mortality rates in the African Region of the World Health Organization, and an estimated 1.1 million fewer deaths averted globally due to increased intervention,” said Congressman Crenshaw in a press release.

Crenshaw continued by stressing the importance of partnerships between governments and the private sector.

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Tell Congress #WhyForeignAid

This is a copy of a letter to members of congress signed by PSI and dozens of other NGOs, advocacy groups and others concerned that efforts to reduce the US deficit might negatively affect America’s global leadership role.

Dear Senator/Representative,

As organizations working to end poverty and respond to emergencies around the world, we write to strongly urge you to support the Senate’s fiscal year 2013 overall funding level for the International Affairs Budget in order to protect its poverty-focused accounts throughout all upcoming budget negotiations, including negotiations to avert or delay the sequester.

The budget decisions facing you in the months ahead are daunting, and are of tremendous importance for millions of lives around the world and the future of United States’ security and economic prosperity. There is no doubt that our nation’s fiscal house must be put in order, but it must be done thoughtfully and comprehensively, while ensuring a bright and secure future for the U.S.

This year has witnessed historic events—from the Syrian uprising, to democratic elections in Egypt, to food crises of major proportions in both the Horn of Africa and the Sahel. These events demonstrate in stark terms the dynamic nature of the world around us and the need for strong and effective diplomatic and development tools. The Senate’s funding levels for the International Affairs Budget and its poverty-focused accounts, forged under the bipartisan leadership of Senators Patrick Leahy and Lindsey Graham, recognize current fiscal limitations while enabling continued investments that save lives, increase our national security, and spur economic development both at home and around the world.

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Congresswomen Introduces AIDS Cooperation Resolution

This week, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) introduced a House resolution, co-sponsored by  Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus co-chairs Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), that acts to support global coordination to end AIDS.

H.Con.Res. 131 “recognizes the XIX International AIDS Conference as a unique opportunity to change the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic by capitalizing on scientific advances in treatment and prevention, building consensus to maximizing results, facilitating public-private partnerships, and accelerating momentum towards a cure.”  Next week, global leaders, scientists, activists and people living with HIV/AIDS will gather in Washington DC for the XIX International AIDS Conference (IAC). An important conference that makes its return to the United States for the first time in 22 years.

“AIDS is still the greatest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime,” said Congresswoman Lee. “As we work to turn the tide together, America’s need for a greater AIDS response underscores that AIDS 2012 is an important and long overdue opportunity for our domestic epidemic to become part of a global effort.”

The resolution reads as follows:

Expressing support for continued international cooperation to combat HIV/AIDS.

Whereas an estimated 34,000,000 people around the world were living with HIV at the end of 2010, up from 8,000,000 in 1990;

Whereas since the beginning of the epidemic, nearly 30,000,000 people have died from AIDS-related causes;

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Water for the World Act of 2011

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)introduced a bill in the Senate which will make providing safe and clean drinking water around the world a priority for US foreign aid. WASH Advocacy Initiative praised the bill’s authors and cosponsors (Harry Reid (D-NV), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Johnny Isakson

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Foreign Development Assistance by C.O.D.?

Foreign Aid has become a hot topic up on The Hill as Congress tries to address the budget concerns for the remainder of the fiscal year. At present, there is strong support amongst the Republican side of the House to completely cut or significantly reduce the amount of foreign aid given by the the United

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